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Nostrum Laboratories has voluntarily recalled another lot of metformin HCl extended-release tablets 750 mg dosage, expanding their initial announcement in November 2020. According to the new notice, issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week, the recalled tablets are off-white and oblong with a debossed ID “NM7”. The lot number, NDC,
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Evidence supporting the use of statins to protect against cardiotoxic chemotherapy has been strengthened with new data from a propensity-matched analysis. Among women with breast cancer treated with anthracycline chemotherapy, statins were associated with a 55% lower risk of hospitalizations or emergency room visits for heart failure (HF) at 5 years (hazard ratio [HR], 0.45;
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Exercise and a hypocaloric, Mediterranean-style diet remain first-line interventions that can benefit all patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a clinical practice update from the American Gastroenterological Association. “[W]eight loss is associated with a reduction in liver fat, which provides a potential for reversal of disease progression,” wrote Zobair M. Younossi, MD,
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As vaccinations remain to be slowly dispersed across the country, the level of new COVID-19 situations in the United States hit a plateau over the 2-week Christmas holiday break. However, specialists state the nation must expect one more surge in mid-January as a result of vacation celebrations in addition to the number of people who
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Suicide is the second highest cause of death in adolescents; almost 1 in 5 adolescents consider suicide, and more than 1 in 10 come up with a plan. For Black youth, those ideas are increasingly turning into action. In a study published in 2019 regarding trends in adolescent suicide, the data showed that between 2007
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If you’re looking for a fun way to add physical activity into your new year, look no further than your Nintendo Switch.  A small team of developers at Nintendo created Jump Rope Challenge as a pet project to add some fitness to their routines, and now it’s a free download on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
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Anyone with a history of immediate allergic reaction of any severity to any component of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines or to polysorbate should not be vaccinated, the CDC said in updated interim guidance. While previously the agency released guidelines for contraindication to vaccination, it’s now broadened to include those with a history of immediate allergic reaction
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When fourth-year medical student Chevelle Winchester was finishing her psychiatry rotation in Chicago under neurologist and psychiatrist Alan R. Hirsch, MD, she encountered a patient in her late 20s who was experiencing almost daily seizures. “The seizures would last for approximately 1 minute and were associated with shortness of breath and postictal blurred vision,” Winchester
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The United States is wrapping up 2020 with record-setting coronavirus numbers. The Covid Tracking Project reported 125,220 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 3,903 COVID-19 deaths in the United States on Wednesday ― both one-day records. That death count included a backlog of about
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Right now, the U.S. is entering the next important phase of eradicating COVID-19 — administering vaccines. There are, of course, critical issues to address, such as how the vaccines will be distributed, which segments of our population should receive vaccination priority, and whether we need to continue wearing masks until herd immunity is achieved. In
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Joel and Susan Pittelman, from Naples, Fla., wait in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at East County Regional Library in Lehigh Acres, Fla. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terry Beth Hadler was so eager to get a
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus Wednesday as California also hit a record high number of fatalities. The governor also announced the first detected case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of
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Health insurance brokers market themselves to employers as a buyer’s agent, promising to use their expertise to find employers the best deal. A new study, however, reported a positive association between health insurance broker commissions and premiums paid by employers offering fully insured group health plans to their workers. What’s more, brokers are also paid
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. BOSTON (AP) — Dr. Ashish Jha started 2020 thousands of miles from home, taking a sabbatical in Europe from his academic post at Harvard. Then the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the U.S. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of
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Darwin’s theory regarding speciation, the process by which new species emerge from existing ones, concerned the process by which flora and fauna adapt to their environments.  But there is more to planet Earth than individual plants and animals. They are part of a vast ecosystem — think all the members of a coral reef or
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COVID-19 has forever changed science. There have been many positives. The virus has forced us to question long-held notions in immunology, virology, and critical care, improving our ability to battle disease. There have been brilliant expressions of creativity and ingenuity. The creation of a new vaccine in less than a year is a true wonder
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) was 94.1% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, according to phase 3 trial results published December 30 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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The USDA has come out with a belated present for everyone: its 2020-2025 dietary guidelines. The USDA, or United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are responsible for issuing food guidelines for all Americans. New guidelines come out every five years. So, what exactly does the USDA think we should
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A post-mortem analysis of brain tissue from people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) revealed that two genes in the prefrontal cortex, ELFN1 and UBA7, play key roles in the condition, researchers say. “ELFN1 is thought to play a role in a set of inhibitory (GABA-releasing) nerve cells that tune
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2020 has been a rough year, and it’s coming to a close amid a flurry of news both good and bad– vaccines are finally arriving, but a more infectious strain of Covid-19 is starting to spread. The year is finally coming to an end, but it’s doing it in the weird way that’s so characteristic
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